October 31, 2016

Using pretty butter plates on the table is a centuries-old tradition that you can make work in new settings.

Victorian tableware of ceramic, porcelain, glass or even enamel included small plates for butter in the same pattern as the rest of the dishes. Butter was mostly homemade, and served in mounds, not squares or sticks like we see today. In those days, table settings, still called dinner service, included a dish for every part of the multi-course meal. A small indented plate held butter. The dinner service was also often highly decorative. Dining was a form of entertainment then as now, and nice dishes added much to the occasion. A luxurious dinner service emphasized the wealth of the family.

Today, small dishes from Victorian and more recent times can add grace and interest to your dining table. Try setting out a slab of butter on a lovely small plate.

Modern-day uses extend beyond the dining room.  You can use one of these small dishes on your dresser to hold bobby pins, rings or co...

July 2, 2016

Vintage figurines can come out of the china cabinet to personalize any room and show off your interests and passions.  Personal items spark conversation with guests.

Things shop often has some wonderful fine quality china figurines. These collectibles keep their value over time.

For all the Moms and kids off to dance lessons, here’s a wonderful way to capture the love of dance! Royal Copenhagen is a Danish manufacturer known throughout the world for its production of cobalt blue glazes. This blue figure by Royal Copenhagen (Things, $ 65) captures a young graceful dancer.

By Lladro, this figure (Things, $175) reminds us of summer days. Lladro pottery is crafted and painted by skilled potters working in Valencia, Spain since 1950. Look at the fine details in the flower basket! Named after the founding brothers, the Lladro company uses skilled in-house designers to create unique porcelain figurines.

Why not compliment your Mom for raising a self-assured child (maybe, you)? Here’s a sassy miss...

May 30, 2016

Vintage china or figurines can add whimsy to décor, making your rooms charming and special. Things shop specializes in one-of- a-kind, quality items that will charm your guests, and add value to your home.

 

Moorcroft

For a collectible floral piece with great history and solid value, you might consider a Moorcroft vase, plate, or lamp (below, Things $200 -$325 ). People have valued Moorcroft pottery since the 1900's for its fine quality glazes and wonderful colours.  Skilled potters have produced exact colouring of flowers and berries by applying several precise layers of glaze (1).  Careful attention to the true colours of nature made the early Moorcroft pieces special.

 

A favourite of British monarchy and fine stores such as Tiffany’s of New York (1), Moorcroft pottery was desired by Canadians too. Canadian retailers such as Eaton's and Birks brought Moorcroft to Canadian stores after World War II (1) and the pottery is still sold in specialty shops. With the current popularity of f...

March 3, 2016

On Downton Abbey, afternoon tea is served in the library, with china tea cups. If you feel like your own swing into a country estate lifestyle, serve an elegant afternoon tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Sandwiches, scones and dainties on a tiered cake plate (Things $20 - $50) make an easy and memorable event.

 

The tiered plate is more commonly known as a cake stand but, originally, it served more than just cake and saved many steps otherwise required to bring foods separately to the garden(1). For afternoon tea, lay sandwiches on the bottom tier, scones on the middle and dainties on top. Foods can be readied and loaded beforehand so you never miss a word of conversation when serving. 

 

The raised plate gains attention for the yummy foods on offer. Fill the bottom layer with sandwiches containing your favourite fillings: salmon, cream cheese, or super thin salami from La Grotta. Buy ready-made sandwiches if pressed for time. Hungry- or nibble-sized, Sobey’s can supply sandwiches, too. Scon...

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